The worst winter storm to hit Logan County in more than a decade dumped almost four inches of snow and between one-quarter to one-half inch of ice on the area late last week causing school closures, some power outages and mostly forcing area residents to stay inside for an extended period.
It was the biggest winter storm to hit the county since the ice storm of December 2000.
The winter precipitation, which began as sleet and transitioned into snow Friday, has left the area and for the remainder of this week, we’re predicted to have more normal temperatures. According to the National Weather Service forecast for the remainder of this week, we’ll have a high temperature in the middle 40s and lows near 20 Wednesday, a high in the middle 40s and lows near 30 Thursday, a high of 40 and a low of 32 Friday, a high of 47 and a low of 20 Saturday and a high of 48 and a low of 24 next Sunday. There’s a 50 percent chance of rain or light freezing rain Friday.
The cold front that brought the winter weather entered the area last Thursday and brought with it heavy rain. The ice and snow followed and bitterly cold temperatures, in the single digits and the teens, lasted through the weekend.
There were only a few power outages in Paris, and those were quickly restored, according to Mayor Daniel Rogers. “The electric department has been out, but we don’t have any widespread power outages,” Rogers said last Friday.
However, some living in northern Logan County outside Paris weren’t so fortunate. Some of those residents didn’t get power restored until Sunday.
All area public schools were closed last Thursday and Friday and again Monday. Monday, Paris School Superintendent Wayne Fawcett said he’d make a decision about opening Tuesday sometime Monday afternoon.
“Kevin Conkin and I will be out driving these roads this afternoon,” Fawcett said Monday. Conkin is the district’s transportation director.
The missed school days will have to be made up. But, when to make them up will be up to the Paris School District Board, Fawcett said.
“Right now, we’ve missed three days,” Fawcett said Monday. “Only the board has the authority to change the school calendar. My guess is that we’ll make up a majority, if not all the days, at the end of the school year.”
According to the district’s calendar, the last day of school is Friday, May 23.
There were very few accidents in Paris or Logan County during the snow and ice event, according to law enforcement officers.
“We had one house damaged by a car that slide on the ice Friday,” Paris Police Chief John O’Brien said Monday. “We did have to help several vehicles that stalled on the ice. For the most part, the weather kept people at home.”
Only three accident were reported in the county, according to Logan County Chief Deputy Sheriff David Spicer.